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Bus Trip IconAug 30-Sep 4 (Thu-Tue) Backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness, SW Colorado

two people viewing Rio Grande Pyramid and WindowNOTE: THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. CONTACT THE TRIP LEADER IF YOU WANT TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST. It's been six years since we've been to the Weminuche and we're going back this year! Depart on a chartered  bus with two seats per person on the evening of Aug. 30 and return by 6 a.m on Sept. 4. The Weminuche, largest Wilderness Area in Colorado, straddles the Continental Divide. Trail altitudes range from 9,300' at Thirty Mile Campground to 12,500'. Complete trip details and sign-up information are in this PDF file. This has always been one of our most popular trips, so sign up soon or you'll miss our visit to one of the most beautiful and spectactular wilderness areas in Colorado.  Coordinator: Ande Johnston Send Email 214-914-3590

Class IconSep 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Be Adventurous!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Thinking you want to leave the crowds behind and venture into the backcountry but not sure how to get started? Or did you backpack years ago and want to update your gear or skills? Join us for a fun day of learning the essentials of backpacking--what it's like, what you need to bring, what to leave at home, and so much more!  

Volunteer trip leaders with years of wilderness experience will present a comprehensive range of backpacking topics with candor--packs, tents, food and menus, what to wear, hygiene, water treatment and lots more. They'll share tips to improve your comfort, keep gear affordable, helpful hints from things they learned the hard way or wish someone had told them before they started on trail. Even a breakout session for men and women. We're not selling anything - only spreading our enthusiasm for helping others safely enjoy our special places. 

This class will be particularly helpful for new backpackers on our fall trips, the February 2019 trip to Big Bend National Park and other outings. We'll also schedule at least one fall outing designed especially for those attending this class.  

Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). 

Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Food available for purchase downstairs for lunch. 

Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Includes handouts. We encourage and appreciate early sign up and pay on-line here or you can show up and pay at the door if class space remains available. Interested or have questions? Please contact the class coordinator. 

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Meeting IconSep 19 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

This third Wednesday of a month at 6:30 is time for our monthly gathering to plan outings. Come upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconSep 26 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1

Want to explore or hike off-trail but a little uneasy about finding your way? Even simple hikes can turn dangerous if you're not sure how to find your way, so come here first! Join us for this highly respected two-night class to help you navigate in the backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wed., part 2 is Thu., both starting at 6:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members (best class price around). An optional nearby hike for class participants will be offered for the following Sun. morning (weather permitting) so instructors can help you practice what you learned. Pay in advance by clicking here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run until approximately 8:45 pm. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 27 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2

Second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, September 26. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details and link to pay online.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Car Camp IconOct 19-21 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate fall by joining us for a weekend in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have a large group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile trail over multiple ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends and all ages, EVERYONE. Details and reservation information is in this PDF document.  Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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